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OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features the Heartsparkle Players, Whim W'Him and the best local arts and culture for Feb. 9-15.
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Happy Valentine's Day! Art lovers will find plenty of outstanding live entertainment for date nights all over Thurston County this week, including literary performances, contemporary dance, Little Shop of Horrors at Tumwater High and a poetry reading by Megan Snyder-Camp. Fans of unexpected snow days will enjoy the Winter One-Acts Festival at Timberland High and Winter Shadows concert at The Washington Center. In addition to all those winter-wonderful events, don't forget the humanistic My Name Is Rachel Corrie continuing at Harlequin Productions, a lyrical visit to Our Town at Olympia High School or Galileo's journey through the heavens in Starry Messenger at Olympia Family Theater. This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for Thurston County, February 9-15.

The Thunders
Stories of Our Passion for Books

In "Playback Theatre," the action on stage comes, not from books or scripts, but from the minds of audience members who are invited to tell their stories and see them come to life on stage. For 19 years, the Heartsparkle Players have shared this playback form with a group of young adults who are, as Heartsparkle founder Debe Edden puts it, “on the spectrum of ability and disability.” That group, dubbed the Thunders, trains with the players and joins their monthly public performance each February. Some also act in the players' Compassionate Action Project, which performs stories of love and compassion at schools and senior centers.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10

Where: Traditions Café & World Folk Art,
300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia

How much: $5-$10 suggested (no one turned away)

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Whim W'Him

Whim W'Him: SENSATION

Seattle contemporary dance company Whim W’Him comes to the Minnaert Center as part of the SPSCC's Artist and Lecture Series. The dance company will perform one of its newest programs under artistic director Olivier Wevers. “This is our first time in Olympia,” said Wevers. Although originally from Brussels, Belguim, Wevers has become a permanent fixture in the Pacific Northwest’s world of dance. He founded Whim W’Him in 2009 after 27 years’ experience in ballet, choreography and set works. Since opening its doors, Whim W’Him has produced 40 original dance works. SENSATION features work by Larry Leigwin, Penny Saunders of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Wevers himself.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10

Where: Minnaert Center, SPSCC,
2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia

How much: $17-$22

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Emerald City Music

Emerald City Music: Strings Attached

Emerald City Music is a fairly new chamber music series, having had its first season of concerts in late 2016. Strings Attached is a classical-music program, performed for both Olympia and Seattle, that highlights unusual combinations of stringed instruments over the course of four pieces. The performers are all decorated musicians, including cellists Ani Aznavoorian and David Requiro; violinists Ani Kavafian, Tessa Lark and Kristin Lee and violists Roberto Diaz and Yura Lee. With Emerald City Music just getting started on its stated mission of introducing fans of all musical genres to chamber music, now is a great time to dive in with open ears.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11

Where: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts,
512 Washington St. SE, Olympia

How much: $7-$40

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